Matta Sheriff, Specialist Nurse, wins January’s Bank Worker of the Month Award


The ‘Bank Worker of the Month’ award recognises NHS Professionals’ Bank Members who provide excellent quality of care to patients, achieve high standards across our core values and meet the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. There is an award for three categories; Care Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse and Registered Nurse. Every month each of the winners receives a Kindle as a thank you for all their hard work. In order to win this award the workers must fulfil the following criteria:

• Achieve ‘5 – Excellent’ on all five of the sections of the ‘Performance Evaluation System’, which is completed by the Ward Manager at the end of each shift.
• Cancelled no shifts for that month.
• Filled the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.

We are delighted to announce that one of January’s winners was Matta Sheriff, Specialist Nurse at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. We spoke to Matta to find out more about her and her working life.

How do you feel about winning this award?
I wasn’t expecting it – it was a nice surprise.

How and when did you get into nursing?
I’ve always had an interest in working with children. At college I did several placements, and during one I spoke with a health visitor who really sparked my interest in nursing. I started my training in 2009 and qualified in 2012.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

What’s your role and what do you do day to day?
I’m a junior paediatrics sister at A&E. I assess the children who come in through the department, helping to decide which doctor they should go to (GP, A&E or specialist). I assist the doctors with treatments, which could include setting up the patient’s IV, or giving medication. I also meet the patients who come into the department via ambulance. Every day is different.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Making a difference. In A&E you don’t get to spend a lot of time with the patients, and they often come in to us distressed. I enjoy making the child feel better, which helps to reassure the parent too. It’s nice when you can help solve their problems, and then see them wave goodbye smiling.

What is your biggest challenge at work?
When the department is really busy, parents have to wait a bit longer. The parent and child are already distressed when they come in, and we have to try and reassure them while they wait. That can be challenging sometimes.

What is the best thing about working as a Bank Nurse for NHS Professionals?
Being able to choose when I work. Also, the way that the time sheets are released are really straight forward. I can do it on the bus on my way home or on holiday, there is no need to fill out any forms.

Congratulations to Matta and all the other January winners! Thank you to all of our workers for ensuring that patients receive the best care possible, and for being great ambassadors for NHS Professionals.

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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